Deputy President William Ruto has defended his strong opposition to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which was received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday.


A furious Ruto instead called for dialogue on varied issues he said plagued the country and how to resolve them as he strongly defended his “wheelbarrow economics” bashed by Odinga.


The DP launched his rant while attending the funeral of the late Peter Kiiru Chomba, the Huruma Ward MCA at Huruma Grounds in Turbo, Uasin Gishu County on Wednesday.


“Mimi sio wazimu, I am the deputy president of Kenya, I am not a mad man.”


“Na mimi sio mlevi, na mimi sio mjinga. I know what I am saying. There’s an issue we must sort out. So wachana na matusi, Kuna watu wengi wako na hasira. Oooh mbona Ruto anazungumzia wheelbarrow? My friend, acheni hasira, let’s talk.”


Ruto argued that the debate ignited by his regular donations of wheelbarrows, mkokoteni and other items to women and youth groups is a sign that things are not going right in the country.


“Hii wheelbarrow inaleta shida Kenya na mkokoteni. What is the problem? It tells you there’s a huge majority of Kenyans where a wheelbarrow means life and death, it means they have a square meal or not.”    


“Hii whellbarrow conversation hii, unapata viongozi wengine wanasema hii wheelbarrow ni kitu kidogo, mambo ya ujinga.”


“How come in the same country, a wheelbarrow means two different things to two different people in the same nation?”